The Santa Fe Botanical Gardens by the light of the August 21, 2017 Eclipse

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Haiku Pathway!

Looking forward to seeing my haiku on a stepping stone

Miriam's Well: Poetry, Land Art, and Beyond

We’ve been working on it as an idea for a long time, and all summer as a reality. In Santa Fe Community College’s central courtyard there will be almost 40 haiku stones, designed by artist Christy Hengst.

The opening is Thursday October 5, 2017. 4-6 pm in the courtyard. I’ll have a formal evite soon.

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For Mother In April

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bittersweet sun, warm on my tongue
ascends on a world without you
I rise from fetal knees

to stand very still, to watch
worn, wooden shelter of songbird nectar
dance on your garden hook

grassy arms wave toward heaven
juniper limbs cup a bird, lost
in bends and folds of branches on sky

though my tear-brined heart will never forget
I can’t help being drawn by the sun
what lives on continues to burn

Poetry Month #11: Winds of Early Spring by Susan Aylward

Miriam's Well: Poetry, Land Art, and Beyond

Winds of Early Spring

Descansos pummeled, winds of early spring,
bait and stir those never old
a bird flies alone, what song does it sing

where spirit slipped into the unseen,
they’ll return until their stories are told
descansos pummeled, winds of early spring

mothers weep for those taken wing,
oh seeking one, the nest will grow cold
a bird flies alone, what song does it sing

grandmothers cross hearts, beads on a string,
mourning buds in purple and gold
descansos pummeled, winds of early spring

sudden kindness makes my heart sting,
and now I know, life never grows old
a bird flies alone, what song does it sing,

and when it returns, what will it bring,
current of destiny, ours to unfold
descansos pummeled, winds of early spring
a bird flies alone, what song does it sing?

Read more of this poet’s work at SusanAylward.wordpress.com.

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